Progress Continues toward Channel Widening and Deepening

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority considered Houston Ship Channel matters at a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12. Executive Director Roger Guenther provided the commission with an update on progress towards federal authorization of Project 11, the planned widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel. The commission was also briefed on a private industry proposal to fund their promised portion of the project.

Guenther shared that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed its Feasibility Study for the project in December, ensuring that Project 11 was moving forward well within the timeframe for consideration for the next step “ issuance of Army Corps Chiefs Report.

Another highlight of Guenthers report was news that the Army Corps FY 2020 Work Plan has allocated $1.13 million to work with Port Houston on the next steps for Project 11, as well $70 million towards the channel maintenance needed this year to prepare the channel in advance of the widening and deepening construction project.

The commission listened, asked questions, and also received comments from the public on industrys proposal to fund half of the $1 billion cost of Project 11; Port Houston has committed to fund the other half. Port Commission Chairman Ric Campo requested that the Coalition for a Fair and Open Port consider the feedback provided and invited the organization to return with refined options.

In other business, Chairman Campo directed staff to seek construction access rights to the Port Authoritys Beltway 8 property, to support site preparation related to Project 11.

About Houston Ship Channel “ Project 11

Port Houstons No. 1 priority remains to facilitate the federal authorization to expand the Houston ship channel. It is the busiest waterway in the nation. As a public agency, the Port of Houston Authority is obligated to pay 35 percent of the project and has its funding in place to cover half of the $1 billion project. These funds are in addition to a record of more than $28 million already invested in this effort.

About Port Houston

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Lisa Ashley, Director, Media Relations

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